Environmental Impact On The Environment

2072 Words Oct 9th, 2016 9 Pages
Problem As society expands, it is critical to seek ways to lessen humans’ environmental impact. A key aspect of practicing sustainability is efficiently using resources, and one of such resources is food. In America alone, about 40% of food goes uneaten, and as the population increases, pressures on managing this waste will only increase further (Buzby, et al. 499). With many Americans lacking a secure supply of food, the need for an improved ability to manage food waste is essential. Furthermore, food waste places a severe strain on the environment. In an article by Buzby, Hyman, Stewart, and Wells, they state, “Food loss at the retail and consumer levels represents significant amounts of money and other resources invested in food production, including land, fresh water, labor, energy, agricultural chemicals (e.g., fertilizer, pesticides) and other inputs to produce food that does not ultimately meet its intended purpose of feeding people” (Buzby, et al. 492). It is clear that the problems with food waste are immense, ranging from environmental to economic. Food waste across the country is a pressing issue, however, it is very large in scope. A narrower area with great potential for improvement is college dining halls, specifically those at Rutgers University. In Dr. Whitehair’s article on improving university dining, she states “Food waste generated by universities each year is estimated at nearly 540,000 million tons” (Whitehair 63). Rutgers University’s Dining…
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